Brown caps stellar wrestling career at state
MADISON – Sheboygan Falls Falcons senior Nathan Brown’s fourth trip to the WIAA State Division 2 Individual Wrestling Championships at the Kohl Center ended in disappointment Friday, Feb. 26.
Brown, who finished the 2009-10 season 32-7 overall, suffered two losses in the preliminary rounds and was eliminated from competition on Friday.
In his opening match in the 125 weight-class Friday, Brown lost to Colin Dolata (43-10) of Mauston 5-3. Brown trailed 4-0 after two rounds, but scored a three-point near fall in the third period to rally back.
However, Dolata held on to post a 4-3 victory.
After Dolata pulled an escape, Brown nearly cashed in a reversal, but he came up short as time expired.
Brown faced Alec Adams (37-8) of Cumberland in the consolation bracket and was pinned in the second round.
“When you set your goals to medal at state and fall short, it’s very hard to take,” said Brown. “It was very important to me to achieve my goal but, my fellow teammate was still working toward his goal, and it was also important to me that he achieved his goal.”
Nathan didn’t hang his head for long as he went and cheered for his fellow wrestler Ben Chappa, who claimed a state title in the 152-pound weight class.
“It was a tough way to go out,” said Falcons coach Fred Brown. “He’s been a remarkable athlete to have been here four straight times in four different weight classes.
“He’s one of two Falls athletes to ever achieve this,” he said.
Nathan is also coach Brown’s son. Like any father, he felt anguish for his son’s loss, but he also looked back on the outstanding accomplishments of his four-year career.
“Sometimes when you pick up a book and read the story, it’s a good story if you like the ending,” Fred Brown said. “In Nathan’s case, his story was very good, but it didn’t turn out the way he wanted.”
When it was all said and done, coach Brown made it known that he was very proud of his son.